FILE - In this Tuesday, March 13, 2007 file photo, Pope Benedict 

FILE - In this Tuesday, March 13, 2007 file photo, Pope Benedict XVI talks with Russia's President Vladimir Putin, left, during their meeting at the Vatican. Benedict announced Monday Feb. 11, 2013, he will resign Feb. 28 _ becoming the first pontiff to step down in 600 years. His decision sets the stage for a mid-March conclave to elect a new leader for a Roman Catholic Church in deep turmoil.  (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)
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FILE - In this Tuesday, March 13, 2007 file photo, Pope Benedict XVI talks with Russia's President Vladimir Putin, left, during their meeting at the Vatican. Benedict announced Monday Feb. 11, 2013, he will resign Feb. 28 _ becoming the first pontiff to step down in 600 years. His decision sets the stage for a mid-March conclave to elect a new leader for a Roman Catholic Church in deep turmoil. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)
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